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THE LITTLE VILLAGE of Blue Houses is built out of strong snow walls and beautiful ice windows. The cold materials are formed to iconic shapes with clear lines, where dreamy dimmed light ref lects from the inaccessible insides. Many houses will be standing for hundreds of years and the materials will leave traces even when the house is gone, retelling its story. The day Blue Houses melts to the ground they will leave no other trace than perhaps a growing sprout of a watered seed. “Blue Houses is a minimalistic tribute to houses, dwellings and tranquility. An invitation to mindfulness. The time to enjoy is now.”
JOHAN KAUPPI is a designer and interior designer from northern Sweden. He works multidisciplinary with products, furniture, interior design and concept design. He has also designed a bridge, a cold bath and an outdoor gym.
NINA KAUPPI is a designer from Malmö who worked with Tiffany & Co. in New York as well as Thomas Sabo in Germany. Nina creates with a special love for details, whether it is jewels, furniture or paces.
STEP INTO A forest of crystals, made by the perennial duo Viktor Tsarski and Wouter Biegelaar who experiment with the ref lections, shadows and depth of ice crystals. You get an interesting point of view from every direction and the extra height in this suite creates the feeling of being in a forest; the crystal columns stretch all the way to the arched ceiling.
“We wanted to create something impressive. The high ceiling and constant temperature in the new 365-building gave us the opportunity to work with tall columns and sharp edges in both ice and snow, since the material will keep its density over the season.”
WOUTER BIEGELAAR is a product designer from the Netherlands and has created everything from trains and medical equipment to rollercoasters.
VIKTOR TSARSKI comes from Bulgaria. He is an architect and artist, and enjoys experimenting with different materials.
DON’T GET LOST is a maze that sways you to spend more time in the suite and gives you a maximal ce experience. The bedroom is placed in the middle of the room and at the end of the maze, which makes it your reward for your courage and cleverness. What glimpses behind those walls of ice?
“The concept fills a practical function since the visitors stays in the suite a little longer, while at the same time offers excitement and adventure. A maze is also a neat pattern that can be used for
decorations in different ways, which is shown in this suite.”
TOMMY ALATALO is a product designer, engineer and craftsman from Norrbotten who takes joy in beautiful and thought-provoking work.
WITH AN UNMITIGATED love for ice, the brothers behind the suite express their feelings through exquisite hand-carved ice reliefs throughout the room. Inspired by the famous symbolist painter
Gustav Klimt, the design f lirts with his decorative patterns and the classic motive “The Embrace”, with one scene showing a couple kissing passionately.
“We were using our family name Musteikis for the word-play ‘Must Take Kiss’ for naming our suite. We hope that hot kiss gives the guests a warm night in the cold room.”
KESTUTIS MUSTEIKIS works with all kinds of materials such as stone, wood, concrete and fire, and is a returning artist at ICEHOTEL.
VYTAUTAS MUSTEIKIS is a visual anthropologist who documents disappearing customs and traditions.
INVENT YOUR OWN story in this Art Deco designed suite inspired by the early 1920s – the era of the famous entertainer Josephine Baker and fictional character Jay Gatsby. Your senses will help you create your version of what happened between these walls. Can you smell the tobacco and the scent of Chanel no.5 linger in the air? Can you hear birds singing and kids shouting in the street? Do you feel the springtime breeze coming from the window?
“Read the notebook on the bedside table. The last sentence is not complete. You write it.”
LUC VOISIN is a landscape architect and interior designer. He runs a studio in Lyon with Mathieu Brison.
MATHIEU BRISON is an architect and partner in studio “Ateliers Kumquat” together with Luc Voisin.
WHAT HAS THE cactus to do with ice? Where do moustaches come from? The harsh climate for the cactus puts the immediate survival in focus, while the facial hair is a symbol for the human’s superficial behavior. The common factor is the unfavorable terrain where they both grow, and at ICEHOTEL the meeting between frosty fashion moustaches and crystal clear succulents happen – just like the real Cactaceae that stores water.
“Climb into the surreal cactus on the bed which is placed in heart-level and let it protect you in your sleep. The moustache can wait. Tomorrow is a new day.”
ANNASOFIA MÅÅG is a Swedish artist and sculptor specialized in ceramics. Her art has been shown around Europe, USA and Asia and are on permanent display at the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm and Icheon World Ceramic Center in South Korea.
SOFI RUOTSALAINEN is a Swedish artist and designer whose paintings have been on display around the world. She has worked as a designer and coordinator at ICEHOTEL for many years.
WELCOME TO THE Victorian Apartment – a 20th century royal dream. This sensorial experience gives you an ethereal feeling with its high ceiling, incredible details and elegant style. The time specific reminders; patterns and objects from last century, set the stage in this frozen Deluxe Suite.
“With the new dimensions in ICEHOTEL 365 I thought of an elegant apartment in Europe from last century. The visual properties of ice and snow create the perfect layering of translucency, light and shadows.”
LUCA RONCORONI is an Italian architect and designer based in Norway, specializing in temporary architecture and installations, exhibitions and design. He likes photography, skiing and running with his dog Nero.
WONDER WHAT’S BEING tweeted? The artist Lena Kriström has created the suite Twitter that highlights our addiction in this connected world – the addiction to the phone, tablet and Internet. The sculptures in the suite indicate that it’s something in the air – a response to today’s normalized state.
“The ice, which we borrow, opens my senses into multiple dimensions.”
LENA KRISTRÖM is a sculptor living in Jukkasjärvi that has been sculpting for ICEHOTEL for 25 years. She sculpts in a variety of materials, including snow, ice, stone and magnetite from the iron ore mine in Kiruna. In her spare time she enjoys cross-country skiing with her puppy Rask.
ONCE UPON A time, a fisherman was rowing his boat in the ref lection of the moon under a sky full off shooting stars. He makes a wish; he wants to sleep on the moon that always guided him in the night and got him safe to shore. The wish got delivered but the moon had a different plan – it was time for her to meet Torne River. The suite Wishful Thinking invites you to sleep in the reflection of the moon, have a drink sitting on the moon, – in the frozen river – and make your own wish come true!
“The moon influences tides, births and trees. Let’s find out what influence it will have in this suite.”
MARJOLEIN VONK is from the Netherlands where she works as an Art Director and stylist. She returns to ICEHOTEL every year to create beautiful art of ice and snow. This year she is also one of the designers behind de ensuite bathrooms.
MAURIZIO PERRON grew up in the Alps. He is in love with every kind of material: wood, marble, granite, snow, and ice.
DANCERS IN THE DARK is all about choosing survival – the light and positive path. Artists Tjåsa Gusfors and Patrick Dallard have experimented with the features and elements of the frozen water, and created movement in the room, emerged from the dancers. The music is written and performed by Tjåsa Gusfors herself with arrangement by Matti Eklund and enhances the experience of the suite.
“We wanted to form a suite filled with positive energy that translates into the guests, to create a sensuous space, which gives you bliss. So we keep dancing in the dark, chasing sparks…”
PATRICK DALLARD was born in France but lives and works in Stockholm. He is a scenographer at a children’s theater, works with social art and as a designer.
TJÅSA GUSFORS is a multifaceted artist, performing on the music theater stage as well as creating artwork using wood, stone and sand as her materials.
ALL AROUND THE world, beds are elevated above the ground, lifting their occupants into a new world. Dreamscape amplifies this effect, whisking visitors on a journey up a curling, sensuous, daring stair of pure ice that rises straight from the door to their dreams. The bed is enshrouded by writhing snow tentacles, framing their view like a wild four-poster melted by their imagination.
“Dreamscape celebrates the main element and raison d’etre of the room – a symbol epitomizing escape: the bed. It dramatizes the fact that each journey to the room is a journey to that bed and into the explosive canyons of the mind.”
ALEX HAW is an artist, architect, and founder of the design studio Atmos. He writes and lectures widely, runs Latitudinal Cuisine – and played a psycho in Chris Nolan’s first movie.
ADITYA BHATT is an Indian architect and musician with a passion for computation, food and heavy metal.
GET IN THE f low. Literally. The suite Flow manifests the mental state of being immersed in a feeling of energized focus. The bed represents the harmonized feelings, the rectangles on the wall the liberation of the mind and the whirlpool near the bed is the connection with the idea. Beside the bed you find a sculpture, which symbolizes the feeling of taking off that we get when we enter the f low. Artist Francisco Cortés Zamudio is dedicating his creation to a close friend who is no longer with us.
“To my soulmate Sten.”
FRANCISCO CORTÉS ZAMUDIO is an artist based in Berlin. He works as a painter and loves to play music and enjoy nature somewhere far away from the city.
IN THIS SURREAL subaquatic world, a group of richly ornamented jellyfish f loats dreamlike and surrounds you like you were walking in an underwater forest.
“The overnight guests in Hydro Smack will get the feeling of dwelling at the bottom of the ocean, where rays of light shine down on them from the surface before they fall asleep.“
LOTTA LAMPA is an artist and designer from Kalix in northern Sweden. Her art is influenced by nature, her brother’s garage, and everyday life. She loves to drive old cars and play soccer.
JULIA GAMBORG NIELSEN is a Swedish designer and artist. Her sculptural furniture is inspired by her upbringing in Africa and Asia.
LIVING WITH ANGELS is what artist Benny Ekman does every day. Nearly all his work includes angels in some way and in this suite he is channeling them to create a serendipitous atmosphere and give you a feeling of safety.
“Ever since I was a child, women have fascinated me. They come in different shapes, like princesses, mermaids, witches, heroines, angels. Angels are amazing since they have the ability to f ly and see things from a different perspective. Sweet dreams
with your angels.”
BENNY EKMAN is an artist and his influence comes from his upbringing in Australia and Sweden. He mainly paints in acrylic, but experiments and sculpts with different materials. His artistic debut was in 1996.
A BRICKS AND mortar ice dome embraces the entrance to the Melting Pot, which was inspired by the five consecutive record breaking hottest months ever hitting the planet in 2016. The suite with its curved design prompts you to ref lect upon the issue of global warming. This hot topic in the cold setting gives you a deeper appreciation of the ephemeral art.
“With Melting Pot we hope to turn the public mind to the fact that there is a future if we humans work fast and hard with our combined knowledge and innovation in the same way ICEHOTEL is brought to life.”
ROB HARDING is a British-born sculptor who specializes in stainless steel but also works in a variety of other materials. When not working with sculptures, the architecturally inclined artist builds houses and furniture.
TIMSAM HARDING was born in Malaga and studies his last year of Fine Art at University in Granada. He has a particular interest in making sculptures.
DIVE INTO AN underwater world, made from ice and snow, and experience the phenomenon mermaid fitness where weight and size meet the movement of the water and a feeling of lightness. Ceators Nina Hedman and Magnus Hedman got their inspiration for the suite Mermaid Fitness from bodybuilding and the trend where you swim with a fake mermaid tail.
“When the suite was done we could see that Yemoja and Triton might have helped us when designing the sculptures… The water has no limits.”
NINA HEDMAN is a sculpture and art teacher who lives in Stockholm. She works with a lot of different materials and her favorites are ice and snow.
MAGNUS HEDMAN is here for the fourth year to help his aunt to create a suite. He describes himself like a happy 28-year-old salesman from Stockholm.
THE DESIGN IN Oh Deer is inspired by the Japanese Onsen baths and the Great Totem spirit animals. The lanterns bring light, moments of understanding, for the nature and the world we live in. Visitors can lower themselves into a bath of ice and in peace contemplate the nature, embodied by a deer.
“Oh Deer express an awe of the grand animal and a humble envision of Mother Earth and the fascinating landscape outside. Something to ponder
on is the ephemeral state of the ice and snow, which in ICEHOTEL 365 are put in a state of preservation – contrasts that consociate in the experience
of the suite.”
ULRIKA TALLVING is a sculptor, artist and stylist. In her work she often derives her art from animal forms and wants with her art to hit a place in the viewer where they experience familiarization yet something completely new.
CARL WELLANDER was born and lives today in Nyköping. He works as a full time sculptor mainly working in ceramics, bronze and stone. His main focus is on figurative motifs, often inspired by Nordic folklore.
A BAR WHERE you can sleep, isn’t that a luxury feeling? Here you are, having fun and want another drink – but on the other hand you are quite tired and ready to go to bed. You have come to the right place – Pillow Bar. The suite has a luxury lounge feeling where everything looks soft and invites you to lay down among the sculptures at the counter.
“There are some empty seats for you at the bar. Welcome in.”
WILFRED STIJGER is a multi-talented artist from the Netherlands and are specialized in sand art. With is art he wants to inspire others to open their minds and use their imagination.
EDITH VAN DE WETERING is an artist who loves to surprise with her art. She has been creating art using sand in locations across the world.
SUGAR – ALLURING, SEDUCTIVE and sweet. This is our world today. Inspired by the consumerism of sugar, the trio behind the suite chose the discus-shaped candy Non Stop to represent their idea. The soft rounded shapes are repeated in a structural installation throughout the room, composed to create energy and a dynamic experience for you.
“Today you find huge candy stores filled with sweets from floor to ceiling, expressing themselves as cascades of colours and shapes in all imaginable forms. We wanted to create a strong spatial experience; sugar sweet and enjoyable, but daring at the same time.”
EMIL OLOFSSON lives in Gerlesborg and graduated from the Royal Institute of Art. He has worked with ice and snow together with Peder Istad for 12 years.
PEDER ISTAD is a Norwegian artist who lives in Bohuslän. He works with several forms of expressions and materials with focus on sculptures in stone, snow and ice in public spaces.
OSKAR GUSTAFSSON lives in Gothenburg. He attends his second year at Stenebyskolan in the department of woodwork and furniture making in Dals Långed.
THE RETURNING DUO John Bark and Charli Kasselbäck play with their distinguished typographical style in the suite You Are My Type. Surrounded by a pun in oversized ice letters; you are embraced in the polar night with messages that will keep you warm: “love you to the letter”.
“Ice sculpting is a fantastic experience. The consistency is unlike anything else; it’s both forgiving and demanding. A crystal clear mix of soft and hard, of delicate and brittle flexibility. A challenge for the sensitive keyboard-fingers of two graphic designers.”
JOHN BARK is an editorial designer from Sweden with clients all over the Nordic Countries. When he is not creating a suite at ICEHOTEL, he enjoys downhill skiing.
CHARLI KASSELBÄCK is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Stockholm. He runs a
digital design agency and loves spending time sailing or surfing.
THE ACANTHUS IS an extraordinary plant native to the Mediterranean Basin, which has inspired many and various sculptors, architects and painters since the times of ancient Greece to the end of the 19th century. The ornaments are incorporated in this suite’s design as headboards and wall decorations.
“We are particularly fond of the ancient form, which is a very close imitation of the natural plant itself but featuring more symmetry. As architects we studied closer this beautiful, stylized form described
by authors like Vignolia and Vitruvius.”
TOMASZ CZAJKOWSKI is an interior designer and has designed everything from private homes to church interior. His big passion is tango.
ERYK MARKS is a fishing enthusiast and artist whose sculptures and paintings decorate many homes and churches.